It was a magical night for West Coast Soccer players from the Wild and Wildfire teams. Tonight the San Jose Earthquakes celebrated their forty year anniversary by having Hall of Famer Troy Dayak make the ceremonial “first goal”. The Wildfire families won the auction Earthquakes basket at the 2013 West Coast Fundraiser. They never thought their prize would be such a magical one. To start the celebration the U-15 Wildfire took a ride on the West Coast Soccer bus, Coaster, driven by Coach Troy to Buckshaw Stadium where they received ball girl training from San Jose Earthquake staff members before taking the field to participate in MLS action. It was not long until parents were texting friends and emailing that they saw their kids on the nationally televised event. The Wildfire night concluded with pictures on the field, autographs from the accessible and accommodating Earthquake players, and then to the north end of the field to meet the Ultras where they were treated to a West Coast Chant the likes the girls have never experienced until this amazing night! The high light was when West Coast Soccer players, the U-17 Wild were escorted on to the field and recognized at half time by the Earthquakes for their incredible accomplishments. The Wild are back to back State Champions and 2014 National Champions. The National Championship was played in North Carolina were the Wild beat the best teams in the country to hoist the trophy as the Nation’s top U16 team. The players were treated like celebrities as the sold out crowd cheered and applauded them while bulbs flashed and cameras rolled. As the Wild players walked off the field you could see the appreciation they had for the once in a lifetime event they had been honored with. Coach Troy said this is what you can accomplish with hard work and playing for West Coast Soccer who continually produce players receiving college scholarships, tournament and state cup championships. The most note worthy accomplishments are the two National Championships West Coast players have won since West Coast soccer was founded in 2011 By Troy Dayak affectionately nicknamed the Beast for his on field play during his time with the Earthquakes and National Soccer Teams. Many of the West Coast Soccer players had recorded the game and promptly went home to see if they were on TV and sure enough most were and the text and emails of excitement continued into the next morning. Truly a motivating and exhilarating experience for all West Coast members. It was magical truly magical!
“I believe it is our duty as ambassadors of the sport and experienced soccer coaches to help find ways to inspire the younger generation” – Troy Dayak former National & Olympic player, SJ Earthquakes Hall of Fame, Director of West Coast Soccer.
To learn more about West Coast Soccer Club please visit westcoastsoccerclub.com you can also see clips from this event.